Strategy maximizes turnaround performance

Plant managers must understand how pacesetter facilities conduct maintenance turnarounds in order to maximize their turnaround's results; often the key strategy is to conduct single-unit turnarounds. A bottom-up procedure (see box at top of facing page) is no longer adequate in today's business climate.Plant managers must set challenging goals for the turnaround team and do so a year before the turnaround. The goals should stretch the turnaround team, but not break it; nothing is worse for morale than management telling workers to achieve an unobtainable goal.What is needed for turnarounds is a top-down intuitive process.One of the first keys is to understand the role of the plant...

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